The debate on tenure for university faculty has raged for years. Given that I recently undertook one of its ‘perks’ – the sabbatical – I’d say there are both pros and cons to eliminating tenure. There is a recent article from the NY Times with discussion from several different viewpoints.
I understand where the naysayers are coming from. I would like to point out that my institution does have means to dismiss tenured faculty (University Handbook, C31.5). Such actions require effective management and supervision and strong support from administrators, traits which are not always present for individual cases that might arise – and that is something very true not only in academia but also across a wide variety of employers who keep unproductive personnel.